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As a New Yorker born and raised in Queens, I’ve always been loyal to the New York Jets. I stick by my beloved football team through thick and thin, and wear their colors of green and white with orgullo. Latino players, fans, and coaches have a strong sense of pride not only in their culture but also in their team and in the NFL.
This year, during Hispanic Heritage Month, the NFL and all 32 teams will honor the rich history, heritage and tradition of Latinos and their positive impact on the game and country through a series of special events such as designated home games with in-stadium themed elements and local community outreach. I’m joining in by sharing our Latino-inspired tailgate party ideas that I love to offer friends at our gameday parties!
We like to set out a mini-buffet with mini-tapas and create-your-own foods, like taquitos and a “Make Your Own Nachos” bar, to let our guests have fun making their own gameday snacks. And of course, everything is decorated in green and white for my team!
Tailgating Queso Recipe
1 tablespoon butter
2 bell peppers, seeded and diced
1 shallot, diced
1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
1 tsp adobo
16 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, chopped into 1/2 inch cubes
1. In a pot over medium heat, add butter, pepper, shallot, jalapeño, and adobo. Stir together until butter has melted and starts to simmer, then turn heat to low.
2. Add in cheddar cubes slowly, a few at a time, stirring while it melts. Keep stirring until all cheddar cheese has been added and melted together. Turn off heat and serve or keep warm until ready to serve.
Toppings/ Sides for Make Your Own Nachos Bar:
Ground beef, seasoned
Chopped bell peppers
Lime wedges and cilantro
Chicken and beef taquitos
Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, fans can visit www.NFL.com/HispanicHeritage for a look at the personal stories of Hispanic players, past and present, who have left a lasting legacy on the NFL. They are also on twitter, sharing the latest updates from around the league, 24/7 and in Spanish. Follow them @NFLEspanol, and learn about American football’s rules and power players at www.AprendeNFL.com.
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